Buhari tells Boko Haram to pick international NGO to represent it in Chibok girls talks

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Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari speaks at a joint news conference with his French counterpart Francois Hollande at the presidential villa in Abuja

The Nigerian government has proposed that Islamists militant group Boko Haram pick a non-governmental international to represent it in talks on the release of about 200 schoolgirls kidnapped from the northwestern village of Chibok in 2014.

President Muhammadu Buhari last year said that his government was willing to enter negotiations with the militants to secure the release of the girls, but the group has not responded to the proposal.

Now, Buhari has said his government would let Boko Haram, pick an NGO to represent it in the talks if it doesn’t want to engage the government directly.

Boko Haram kidnapped about 270 girls from their school in Chibok in 2014. More than 200 are still missing.

Earlier this month, Boko Haram published a video apparently showing recent footage of dozens of the girls and saying some were killed in air strikes.

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